It can be easy to take the things we use every day for granted. Take your vehicle, for instance. For some of us, we pay little attention or gratitude to our vehicles unless they refuse to start or require expensive maintenance. Even though the Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone, we have entered the giving season, and it’s the perfect time of year to offer gratitude. In a recent article, Car Buzz identified a few automotive trends we can all be thankful for.
Staying entertained during your daily commute has never been easier. Today’s infotainment options are constantly evolving and improving. From Heads Up Displays to handsfree controls, there are countless ways for drivers to improve their driving experience. A current trend involves drivers using their personal devices in favor of expensive in-vehicle option packages. According to JD Power and Associates “In many cases, owners simply prefer to use their smartphone or tablet because it meets their needs; they’re familiar with the device and it’s accurate. In-vehicle connectivity technology that’s not used results in millions of dollars of lost value for both consumers and the manufacturers.”
Fortunately for today’s drivers, safety has improved in virtually all new vehicles. When considering the reasons for increased safety, Popular Mechanics believes it all starts with steel. “Considering all of the rapid developments we’ve seen with electronic safety systems in recent years, it’s perhaps counterintuitive that some of the biggest safety improvements in the past decade have come from good old-fashioned steel.” Contrary to popular opinion, utilizing steel can actually make a vehicle lighter while making it safer.
It was not long ago that a new vehicle’s reliability involved a degree of uncertainty. That trend has been largely reversed and new vehicles are now more reliable than ever before. Per NBC News “The quality of the typical new vehicle being sold in the U.S. this year is better than ever, according to a new study by J.D. Power and Associates, with improvements coming at a near-record pace.” Today’s new vehicles are much more affordable to maintain than the new vehicles of past generations.
Even if you view your vehicle as a mere mechanism to travel from point A to point B, there are many reasons to be thankful for its existence. Personal transportation makes our lives easier in a myriad of ways, and recent automotive trends highlight some of them. New vehicles have become more safe, reliable, and enjoyable, and for that, we can all be thankful.